Tehran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The opposition will face a harsh response if they draw their "swords" against the established order. The not-too-veiled threat, was launched by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during Friday prayers at the University of Tehran.
The warning of the Supreme Leader of Iran is a clear signal given by the political leadership of the country, which is not prepared to tolerate threats against the system of government and regime of the ayatollahs. “Resistance to the system - emphasizes Ali Khamenei – drawing swords against the system, will be followed by a harsh response." In his sermon broadcast live on television, the Ayatollah added that "if anyone goes against the foundations of the system (Islam) which endangers the safety of the people", the system is “forced to stand against it".
For the first time since 19 June, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led the Friday prayers. In the aftermath of disputed presidential elections - in which the internal opposition launched accusations of rigging - followed by clashes, deaths and injuries, the Supreme Guide of the country supported the re-election of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the leader of the conservatives, who defeated the reformist candidates Karroubi and Moussavi.
Ali Khamenei also stated that criticism and different voices among the officials and political leaders is "acceptable", because " opposition is not a problem", provided it is exercised "within the law of the Islamic Republic". The ayatollah has made clear that it must not "cause violence," spread "a sense of insecurity" among members of society or foment "lies or rumours: the basis remains the national constitution."
Regarding the nuclear issue, the Supreme Leader confirms the "right" of the country to develop its technology. " It is a sign of deviation to give up one’s rights - he concluded - nuclear rights or non-nuclear rights".